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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / It's not a shrug, but what is it called? Help me, please! on: February 21, 2005 12:36:14 PM
Hi - I don't know the name of something that I'd like to knit.  A dear friend of mine was admiring these in a store in Breckenridge, CO and I'd like to knit one for her.  But I can't find a pattern and I don't know what they are called.

It's basically just a knitted tube that can be worn like a scarf, a cowl, a cape, a shrug, a hood, I think even a skirt (but I might be wrong about that).

I'm looking for the name of this item, and would also looooooove any leads as to where I might find a pattern.  I'm thinking of just knitting up a tube and seeing what happens,  but could some more experienced knitters recommend a yarn weight and/or needle size for this experiment?

Any help at all would be so very greatly appreciated!

2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Simpson's Fans Only - Is There Really a Paul McCartney Lentil Soup Recipe? on: February 07, 2005 10:46:08 AM
Hello!  So they recently re-ran that old Simpson's epidose in which Lisa becomes a vegetarian and meets Paul McCartney who tells her that if she plays one of his records backwards, she'll hear a lentil soup recipe.  At the end of the episode, they played that song over the end credits and you can plainly hear McCartney's voice on an added track.  I don't have the equipment or know-how to record this off of my television and separate the track or play it backwards, but I know there are some die-hard Simpson's (and, maybe, lentil soup) enthusiaists out there who do that kind of thing.  Has anyone done this or heard of anyone doing this?  If so, can you let me know what was heard?  I did a google search for this and found nothing.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / sewing a patch on a knitted scarf - help request on: December 23, 2004 08:21:35 AM
Hi, I am a beginner knitter,making pull-through scarfs for holiday gifts.  One of them is for a football fan and I plan to sew a patch of her favorite team's logo on either end of the scarf.  I have never sewn a patch on a knitted item before and wonder if there are any tips or tricks that more experienced knitters would recommend.  It's a k2 p1 rib, and the patch is like a regular embroidered patch (round, 2" diameter, with that hard plastic-waxy stuff on the back).
Thanks in advance for any help!!

4  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Not Good Experience at Yarn Co. - NYC on: December 09, 2004 06:46:36 AM
Hello; I am a pre-beginner knitter looking to get started on an easy project.  I had read good things about Yarn Co. (81st & Broadway, NYC) and visited the store yesterday evening (12/8).  I was initially charmed and impressed upon entering - beautiful yarn everywhere, a work table surrounded by people knitting and chatting, and lots more people happily choosing yarn and supplies.  I will grant that it was very busy, but I don't think that is sufficient reason for the complete lack of service or hospitality I received.  One woman, sitting at the work table, looked up at me when I entered.  I gave her a "I'm a new customer looking for assistance, do you work here?" smile, to which she responded with a blank stare before returning to her knitting.  At the time I thought that I was mistaken about her being an employee, but she soon after that got up and busied herself behind the sales counter.  Every employee I attempted to approach either averted their eyes or quickened their step before I could even ask for assistance.  Several customers that entered after I did were greeted warmly by first name and asked questions about what they were working on and how they could be helped.  It is understandable that regular customers should be afforded some deference, but to completely exclude a newcomer to the store and to the craft is inexcusable.  While Yarn Co. did seem to have some lovely merchandise and a knowledgable staff, I would not recommend it to the beginning knitter.  I will never return.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Hoodie for Sock Monkey - Help/Pattern Request on: December 01, 2004 12:29:09 PM
Hello all,

I used to knit frequently at an advanced-beginner level.  It's been awhile, but I think it will come back to me pretty quickly when I get started again.  And I really want to get started again because I really really want to make a knitted hooded sweater for a sock monkey that I made for someone very special last Spring.

Can anyone provide some good first steps for this project - like where to find a pattern for a tiny (standard sock monkey size) hooded sweater?  Or how to convert a larger pattern to a smaller one?  I have the stitch-n-bitch book with the hoodie pattern.

Thanks in advance for your help!!


6  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Beading/Jewelry-Making Supplies - NYC - Where to buy? on: April 23, 2004 11:30:08 AM
Hi Craftsters!  Can anyone recommend a store in Manhattan  (preferably beginner-friendly) where I can find the supplies to make a leather choker out of an animal cracker?  I am not experienced with crafts at all, but I've got this idea.  I'm thinking I would need two small fittings that I could glue to the back of the cracker and run a cord through, plus I'd need the cord itself and the clasp.   Thanks in advance for your help!
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Roasted Snow Peas? Suggestions, please. on: April 20, 2004 10:44:19 AM
Hi!  It has occurred to me that it might be possible to season and oven-roast fresh snow peas, to make a good snack.   I'm thinking that I would lay them out flat on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with some coarse salt and other spices, and bake until crisp.  But I don't have a lot of experience in the kitchen.  Can anyone with more practical knowledge make some suggestions about oven temperature and length of time for cooking?  Also, other suggestions of healthier alternatives to potato chips would be greatly appreciated.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Leftover Pizza Canapes! on: April 15, 2004 07:35:48 AM
Silly me, I didn't take a picture of my last-minute cocktail hour brainstrom - but you'll get the idea.
Preheat oven to 475.  
Take cold pizza slices (preferrably having been refrigerated for at least one day) and use a small cookie cutter to cut out whatever shape(s) you wish (mine were just 1.25"  circles, but think of the possibilities!).
Place the cut-out shapes on a cookie sheet and place in pre-heated oven for about 10-15 minutes or until tops are melty and bottoms are golden and crispy-toasty.
Let cool for just a minute and serve with beverages.
Mine were eggplant/anchovy and spinach/ricotta and oh so delicious!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Non-Crafty Type Triumphs Over Sock Monkey on: April 13, 2004 12:30:33 PM
Hello all!!  I am clumsy with crafts but really really wanted to make a sock monkey for the boyfriend.  Craftster.org really helped me out, not only with links to instructions but also with tons and tons of inspiration.   You crafty types rock.
Little Shmatah is pictured below!
Thanks Craftsters!!  I will definitely try another craft!!
10  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Needlepoint Shops NYC on: March 29, 2004 06:34:16 AM
Hello, I have a friend visiting NYC from Scotland next week and she would like to purchase some needlepoint patterns as a gift for her mother.  Does anyone know where in Manhattan these things (preferably of unique or "giftable" quality) are sold?  Thanks in advance for any help!
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